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Malibu Rising: A Novel

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Julia Whelan

11 Hours 5 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

June 2021

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • From the author of Carrie Soto Is Back, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo . . .

“Irresistible . . . High drama at the beach, starring four sexy, surfing siblings and their deadbeat, famous-crooner dad.”—People

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, Time, Marie Claire, PopSugar, Parade, Teen Vogue, Self, She Reads

Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, the family drama that ensues will change their lives forever.

Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come rising to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

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    Great summer/beach read. Exactly what I was looking for and the narrator was great!

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    Easy to listen to!

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  • Serena Ireland

    was a good book but I will only listen one time. to much dirty words!!

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  • Patricia C.

    A really good story. I wonder if there will be a sequel.

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    Interesting story, and you can believe the characters are real with all the character development. However, all the cussing and drug use was a bit too much for me. Won’t listen again.

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  • Katie A.

    The ending wasn't as exciting as I was hoping... but loved all the characters and the story line throughout.

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  • Anonymous

    Excellent book. Kept me engaged and finished in a day!

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  • Natalie H.

    Started out a little slow..but REALLY picked up in the middle to the end. Really liked this one...not as much as 'The Seven Husbands', but WAY more than Daisy Jones. Narration was outstanding.

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  • Deborah R.

    I really enjoyed this book. It is not the type of book I usually read so the fact that I liked the story and writing was a surprise. Narrator was especially good.

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  • Anonymous

    Bought it because of the hype, but really liked it. The writing style is truly lovely and l liked all the kids. The narrator did a great job as well

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